I had a super tough MileHighHealthy workout in the park at 6:00a.m. this morning! I fueled up on green juice and a couple of slices of watermelon before I headed out. I always forget how nice the world is in the early morning, before traffic and chaos take over.
So far the MileHighHealthy group is just me, my friend Noel, and my mother-in-law Mendie. We all have different goals we want to get strong for so we each have our own motivation to work hard! Mendie wants to improve her general strength as well as alleviate chronic back pain, Noel has a wedding in 10 weeks, and I want to get strong and feel in control of my body again and be prepared for a long backpacking trip I am taking with my husband at the end of the summer.
- walking lunges
- midway bicep curls
- regular bicep curls
- hammer curls
- toe taps
- jumping squats
- skull crushers
- planks with scoop
- jumping jacks
- low jacks
- squats with leg lifts
Whew! We also added some interval jogging up and down the park path. Once I got home I did a few more abs exercises and some serious stretching. Needless to say after this tough workout I was absolutely starving and in need of some complex carbs and protein to help speed my recovery.
Strawberries are in season right now and oh-so-delicious. And last night I happened to pick up the perfect pint at the store and it was all I could do not to eat the whole thing right away! Instead I saved some for my post workout recovery smoothie this morning. It is a bit heavy for a regular breakfast but a very good meal to have after a tough muscle workout.
Strawberry Deliciousness Recovery Smoothie
- Handful of fresh, washed strawberries
- 1 scoop brown rice protein powder (or powder of choice)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 cup almond milk
- ¼ cup rolled oats, divided
- 1 cold banana
Blend together strawberries, protein powder, peanut butter, almond milk and 3 tablespoons of the oats. Add in the banana very last and blend until smooth. Garnish with a strawberry and remaining tablespoon of oats.
Makes 1 serving
21 grams protein
I’m not sure if it was because of the fresh strawberries or the fact that I was starving from my workout but this was one of the best smoothies I have ever had!
I am still working on finishing up the rest of my Hydrating and Energizing green soup from Wednesday. I “repurposed” it after a long and sweaty aerobics class on Thursday night by adding some frozen banana chunks and blending it into an ice-cold green smoothie. For now, I am very much looking forward to the weekend. I have some sleep I need to catch up on and then we are taking our workout to Red Rocks on Sunday! Happy Friday and I hope you enjoy your weekend.
If you have any questions about the exercises I talk about let me know and I can post video instructions!